Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

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Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by AnnaG22 » Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:18 pm

Aspen Times just published this article. Name and personal info not yet released. Thoughts go out to the climber's family.


https://www.aspentimes.com/news/climber ... ear-aspen/
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by Grover » Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:01 pm

Very unfortunate news. I saw and heard the helicopter come in this afternoon from where I live on Red Mountain, and thought something must have happened. R.I.P.
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by Will_E » Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:01 pm

Ugh.

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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by Tornadoman » Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:54 pm

Sad to hear of another death in the mountains this year. RIP!
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by climbingcue » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:29 pm

Terrible news, thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by HikerGuy » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:34 pm

More info from MRA press release on FB.

"Today at approximately 12:30PM the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a call from a pair of climbers on the summit of North Maroon Peak reporting that they had just witnessed a solo male climber fall from the ridgeline while traversing between South Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. The climber was reported to have fallen approximately 500-1000 feet down a narrow gully to the Southeast of the summit of North Maroon Peak. The fallen climber was later identified as a 43 year old male from Niwot, Colorado...

...At around 2:45 PM, the MRA rescue team flying in the HAATS helicopter spotted the fallen climber. At approximately 2:54 PM, MRA rescuers were lowered by a long line from the HAATS helicopter to the fallen climber and confirmed that he was deceased. Based on the injuries the climber had sustained, the fall was not survivable. A short time later, the MRA rescuers and the deceased climber were hoisted into the HAATS helicopter and flown to the Aspen Pitkin County Airport. The deceased climber was then turned over to a Pitkin County Deputy Coroner."
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by mtngoatwithstyle » Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:23 am

My deepest condolences to his/her fellow climbers that were with him at the time and beloved ones.
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by CaptCO » Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:01 am

Waiting for more information to rise, but my deepest condolences to everyone involved. May the family find peace sooner than later. Absolutely tragic, too many gone this year hiking the rockies
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by Bale » Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:49 am

R.I.P.
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by KingHenryJames3rd » Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:13 am

Very very sad may he RIP. My condolences to his friends and family. My thoughts are also with the party that witnessed the fall. That's gotta be tough to deal with watching something like that happen.
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by shelly+ » Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:04 pm

slondres wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:13 am
My thoughts are also with the party that witnessed the fall. That's gotta be tough to deal with watching something like that happen.
i thought of that too. prayers for those who lost a loved one, as well as for the witnesses.
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Re: Bells Traverse fatality Nov 6,2020

Post by jasayrevt » Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:20 pm

Positive prayers and sincerest sentiments regarding this unfortunate loss. Best to all those who knew the fallen climber. I kindly hope you find peaceful solace
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